How to format your references using the Hereditas citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Hereditas. For a complete guide how to prepare your manuscript refer to the journal's instructions to authors.

Using reference management software

Typically you don't format your citations and bibliography by hand. The easiest way is to use a reference manager:

PaperpileThe citation style is built in and you can choose it in Settings > Citation Style or Paperpile > Citation Style in Google Docs.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, and othersThe style is either built in or you can download a CSL file that is supported by most references management programs.
BibTeXBibTeX syles are usually part of a LaTeX template. Check the instructions to authors if the publisher offers a LaTeX template for this journal.

Journal articles

Those examples are references to articles in scholarly journals and how they are supposed to appear in your bibliography.

Not all journals organize their published articles in volumes and issues, so these fields are optional. Some electronic journals do not provide a page range, but instead list an article identifier. In a case like this it's safe to use the article identifier instead of the page range.

A journal article with 1 author
1. Been MD. Molecular biology. Versatility of self-cleaving ribozymes. Science. 2006;313:1745–7.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Panchanathan K, Boyd R. Indirect reciprocity can stabilize cooperation without the second-order free rider problem. Nature. 2004;432:499–502.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Padian K, de Ricqlès AJ, Horner JR. Dinosaurian growth rates and bird origins. Nature. 2001;412:405–8.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Kachkanov V, Leung B, Song J, Zhang Y, Tsai M-C, Yuan G, et al. Structural dynamics of GaN microcrystals in Evolutionary Selection Selective Area Growth probed by X-ray microdiffraction. Sci Rep. 2014;4:4651.

Books and book chapters

Here are examples of references for authored and edited books as well as book chapters.

An authored book
1. Barone S, Franco EL. Statistical and Managerial Techniques for Six Sigma Methodology. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2012.
An edited book
1. Jeschke S, Isenhardt I, Hees F, Henning K, editors. Automation, Communication and Cybernetics in Science and Engineering 2013/2014. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Brusov P, Filatova T, Orekhova N, Eskindarov M. New Mechanism of Formation of the Company’s Optimal Capital Structure, Different from Suggested by Trade-Off Theory. In: Filatova T, Orekhova N, Eskindarov M, editors. Modern Corporate Finance, Investments and Taxation. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2015. p. 73–92.

Web sites

Sometimes references to web sites should appear directly in the text rather than in the bibliography. Refer to the Instructions to authors for Hereditas.

Blog post
1. Andrews R. Study Finds Pork And Human DNA In Vegetarian Hot Dogs [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2015 [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from: https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/human-dna-found-american-hot-dogs-among-other-strange-things/

Reports

This example shows the general structure used for government reports, technical reports, and scientific reports. If you can't locate the report number then it might be better to cite the report as a book. For reports it is usually not individual people that are credited as authors, but a governmental department or agency like "U. S. Food and Drug Administration" or "National Cancer Institute".

Government report
1. Government Accountability Office. Chapter 1 Accountability: Greater Focus on Program Goals Needed. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1993 Mar. Report No.: HRD-93-69.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
1. Ponder S. Parent information nights: An elementary school principal’s search to increase parent input and affect the learning-at-home environment [Doctoral dissertation]. [ St. Charles, MO]: Lindenwood University; 2010.

News paper articles

Unlike scholarly journals, news papers do not usually have a volume and issue number. Instead, the full date and page number is required for a correct reference.

New York Times article
1. Vlasic B. Autoworkers’ Union Reaches Tentative Deal With Fiat Chrysler. New York Times. 2015 Sep 16;B2.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleHereditas
AbbreviationHereditas
ISSN (online)1601-5223
ScopeGenetics
General Medicine

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